A manicure and OPI nail polish go together like peanut butter and jelly, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, or a white tee and skinny jeans. The combo just makes sense. In fact, we’d argue OPI might just be the most iconic and well-loved nail polish brand of all time, easily boasting some of the most in-demand cult nail colors within the nail realm. And when you think of how many nail polishes there are out there, that’s pretty damn impressive.
Even if you’re not a nail polish person (don’t worry, we won’t judge), chances are high that you’ll recognize fan-favorite shades like I’m Not Really a Waitress, Lincoln Park After Dark, or Cajun Shrimp. And if not, don’t stress: We’re about to serve up a covetable list featuring 20 of the top best-selling OPI nail colors of all time. Curious to know which OPI colors nail polish lovers everywhere hoard obsessively? Keep scrolling!
If you love all things neutral and have gone through more bottle of Essie’s Ballet Slipper than you can count, we recommend opting for this demure shade which the brand describes as a “sweet candy pink.” This perky shade of red is one of the brand’s most iconic iterations of the classic hue. This one is juicy, commanding, and inspired by NYC. We’ve always loved the cheeky name of this cult-favorite nail color from OPI, and we also love the chic homage it plays to one of our favorite destinations. The brand describes it as “naughty,” but we’ll let you be the judge of that. Looking for the perfect shade of crisp white this season? Your hunt ends here. We don’t know about you, but when we think of OPI’s all-time-best nail polish colors, we instantly think of this gorge wine-red hue. To be honest, we were semi-surprised to see such precious pink shade make OPI’s best-seller list. But the numbers don’t lie; apparently this glittery peek of pink is one of the brand’s most-wanted hues. As my former fellow beauty editor Amanda Montell describes it, this “gloomy chic” shade of taupe is an answer for those who want something relatively neutral but slightly twisted. Meet your lacquer equivalent to the LBD, Black Onyx. Rich and intoxicating (or so says the brand), this vino-inspired hue is one of the all-time best and looks great on everyone. I might be biased, but this is my personal favorite OPI nail polish color, and I’d pretty much like to have it permanently tattooed onto my nails from June to August. It’s coral, but a little more red and more sophisticated. We recommend pairing this best-selling bright pink nail color with your favorite tropical bevvie of choice. Name a more iconic shade of brooding purple. We’ll wait. Think of this lighter, slightly more lavender shade of taupe as the second cousin of You Don’t Know Jacques. To be honest, we’re not sure the difference between OPI rendering this shade of white “soft” and the above Alpine number “crisp,” but we’ll accept it as a classic best seller all the same. Of course, if you can by any means actually be barefoot in Barcelona, we recommend it. Otherwise, make do with this hue. The Greek goddess of all nail colors, this pearlescent shade of light pink is a pretty way to elevate your go-to neutral hue. A warm-beige pink, this favorite shade effortlessly enhances your natural nail color. Yep, another taupe! However, this German-inspired hue offers “crème” coverage and a chic neutral alternative. Pink? Gray? An enchanting combo of the two? We think it’s the latter, and take it from us since we wear it 70% of the year. Almost white, this ultra-pale shade of pink is one of the most elegant to date. Next up, celebrity manicurists share the best nude shades of nail polish for every skin tone. This article was published at an earlier date and has been recently updated.
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